Can Aston Villa secure the £34m Messi-like sensation?

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Football Italia reports that Juventus have set a £34 million asking price for Argentine forward Matias Soule, who has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs following an impressive loan spell at Frosinone.

The 21-year-old rising star scored 11 goals and provided three assists in 36 Serie A appearances, attracting interest from Aston Villa, Newcastle United, and Brighton & Hove Albion. According to Sportitalia transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, Juventus have informed interested parties, including Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Crystal Palace, and Roma, of Soule's price tag.

The Bianconeri are keen to raise funds for other purchases, with Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners being one of their primary targets.

Soule, who joined the Juventus youth academy in January 2020 from Velez Sarsfield, has quickly risen through the ranks and earned a spot in the Argentina national team. His performances at Frosinone have not gone unnoticed, with Aston Villa and Newcastle United leading the race for his signature.

Aston Villa, fresh off securing a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League, are looking to strengthen their squad to cope with the additional workload. The Villans may have an edge over Newcastle United, who struggled to balance domestic and European commitments last season.

Soule has been praised for his "Messi-esque" talent by Jacek Kulig of Football Talent Scout, while former manager Claudio Ranieri compared his shooting ability to that of Diego Maradona and Zico.

Despite his potential, Soule's future at Juventus remains uncertain, with the club open to his departure for the right price.

However, reports from Tuttomercatoweb suggest that Soule dreams of making a name for himself at Juventus and hopes that incoming manager Thiago Motta will consider him a key part of his plans.

As the transfer window progresses, it remains to be seen whether Soule will continue his development in Turin or embark on a new challenge in the Premier League.

Soule's future is likely to be decided in the coming weeks, with Juventus eager to raise funds for their own transfer targets. The young Argentine's performances have not gone unnoticed, and his potential suitors will be closely monitoring the situation as they look to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season.